My personal leap of faith
I never imagined writing this letter. When you find yourself surprised by it, please rest assured that you cannot be more so than I.
On April 6, I begin a new role as Director of New Media for the Republican National Committee. I am honored and humbled to be selected. I am also thrilled to be following the great work of my dear friend, Cyrus Krohn and his team.
I am anxious to begin the task of using new media and technology to demonstrate that our country’s founding values, among them -the revolutionary recognition that God granted people inalienable rights, a limited government which administers to the affairs of the people at whose pleasure it serves, understandable laws which apply equally to all people, a vital defense used judiciously and reluctantly, reliance-on-self and generous charity by choice- are still the guideposts for liberty, fairness and access to success for every American. Those who know me are aware how dearly I hold these principles. The republicans long held a lead in technology: I am excited to join the team that is helping to regain it.
Above all, though, I am stunned to be heading to D.C. Like many of us, I’ve never cared for the notion that Americans should divide ourselves by political party. Nevertheless, they are a reality. The American people must choose their future. We do that through political parties as much as individual leaders. I do not agree with the path the onto which the party currently in power has driven us. I believe my party will correct our course.
I decided to leave a company I started and love, and to relocate my family because I am alarmed by what we have all witnessed in a scant eight-weeks. Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid have swiftly driven Americans into truly unprecedented -and perhaps unsustainable- levels of debt. President Obama’s professional political advisers have followed their own advice –“never waste a good crisis”– to move all Americans -with strikingly little debate- into government-administered health care, many Americans into a permanent dependency upon their neighbors, and our hardest working citizens away from their right to secret ballots. Our President has shown no willingness to rein in his partners. Like many conservatives, I considered “going John Galt”; instead, I am headed to Washington D.C. to lend whatever small measure of help I am able to contribute to communicate why we Republicans best represent American values. I believe conservatives around the country are doing the same in their own ways.
My first goal is to help return the Republican party to a majority position in the House. Perhaps ironically, I believe that functioning in an environment which requires cooperation may, in fact, bring out the best qualities of our President, who is so uniquely gifted in persuasion. For such a big role, I am no doubt too small but, with the help of a staff far smarter than me, and an energetic base of technology professionals, I will accept the steep learning curve.
Our President has made clear his commitment to technology. I am pleased to agree that technology can be a bridge to knowledge. The RNC will use technology to gain knowledge -we will solicit criticism, hear it, display it and address it. We will connect constituents with their leaders in two way forums and we will employ technology to help demonstrate why unlimited government is inherently unsustainable and how I believe Republicans will care for the nation’s money like responsible people run their home budgets. Most of all, we will use technology to engage the creativity and passion of our like-minded neighbors who are leaders and creators in technology. We know that group-wisdom will always be superior to what an office of people in Washington D.C. will ever deliver.
I ask your for prayers and well-wishes, your input and your continued friendship.